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  • By Ivana

DISCOVER THE ENCHANTING ISLAND OF VIS

Nestled as the farthest inhabited island off the Croatian mainland, Vis is a hidden gem that defies description. Its unparalleled charm is a testament to its rich history, a tapestry woven by the passage of diverse nations over the centuries.

UNVEILING THE ISLAND’S HISTORY

Vis boasts a history that dates back to the late Neolithic era. Over the centuries, it witnessed the rule of various civilizations. From its origins as a Greek colony called “Issa” to its subsequent Roman occupation, Vis has been a witness to the ebb and flow of time.
In the 20th century, Vis became a crucial Yugoslav military naval base during World War II.
From the end of WWII until the onset of the Croatian War (1991-1995), Vis remained off-limits to foreign tourists, preserving its pristine natural beauty. In 1989, it opened its doors to the world, revealing its unspoiled splendor to adventurous souls.

Military mine Parja VisMilitary facilities on the island of Vis – Potkop Parja – a hidden submarine base

DISCOVERING VIS TODAY

Vis has evolved over time, transitioning from a thriving fishing industry in the 19th and 20th centuries to a modern-day focus on agriculture and tourism. Yet, even today, Vis remains distinctively different from traditional tourist destinations

Vis garnered international attention when it served as the filming location for “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!” in 2017. The island briefly became the Hollywood of Croatia, with locals playing extras. While the film’s success brought newfound recognition, it also posed a potential challenge to the island’s tranquil pace.

Military facilities on the island of VisMilitary facilities on the island of Vis – underground tunnels

Old houses in Vis KutOld houses in Vis – Kut

THE ISLAND’S TWO PRINCIPAL SETTLEMENTS

VIS

Located on the northeast side of the island, Vis is the oldest settlement, emerging from the amalgamation of Kut and Luka in the 16th century. It now serves as the island’s administrative and cultural hub. Vis boasts remnants from the Greek and Roman periods, including a Greek necropolis and Roman baths. Visitors can also explore churches and palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries. Notably, the Archaeological Museum in Vis houses a collection of Greek sculptures. While Vis has witnessed a growing influx of tourists, its authentic Mediterranean ambience remains well-preserved.

Kut part of the Vis townKut – one part of the Vis town

Fishermen vessels in the port of VisVessels in the port of Vis

KOMIŽA

Positioned on the southwestern side of the island, Komiža is a picturesque fishing town nestled at the foot of the 600-meter-high mountain, Hum. Separated from the rest of the island by this imposing peak, Komiža has turned to the sea and fishing throughout its history. Its fishing tradition thrived during the early 20th century but waned under Austrian rule and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, Komiža offers narrow streets, quaint stone houses, vibrant cafes, and an ideal gateway to Biševo Island, home to the famed Blue Cave.

Komiža Town Harbor With a View to ST. Nicholas Church 1

EXPLORING THE SPECTACULAR BAYS

The southern coast of Vis is a picturesque paradise, adorned with an array of stunning bays and islets. Some notable gems include:

  • Luka Rogačić: Located to the north, just before entering Viška Luka, offering a scenic view from sailboats.
  • Stončica: Situated to the south, near Viška Luka, boasting a beautiful sandy beach and bow mooring.
  • Otočić Budikovac
  • Stiniva: A mesmerizing and highly popular bay.
  • Rukavac
  • Zelena Špilja: Found on the Ravnik islet, adjacent to Budikovac.
  • Vela Travna
  • Mala Travna

Sailing around Vis allows you to explore this treasure trove of bays, each more enchanting than the last.

Stiniva Beach on Vis island in Croatia

ISLAND ADVENTURES AWAIT

Vis offers a myriad of activities, from wine tours to diving adventures. Don’t miss the chance to visit Tito’s Cave or unwind on Vis’s pristine beaches. Fort George, perched high on a hill, offers stunning views and special parties in the summer. Excursions to the famous Blue Cave on Biševo Island are a must, along with exploring the Monk Seal Cave and the Green Cave. To discover the island’s inland treasures, consider renting a car or scooter, readily available from local agencies. Alternatively, bus lines connect Vis town and Komiža, providing an opportunity to explore the island’s interior.

Vis Island, with its rich history, unspoiled beauty, and diverse attractions, promises an unforgettable experience for travelers seeking a tranquil escape and authentic Mediterranean charm.

The luminescence in the Blue Cave

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